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I Am Denise and Other Poems

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I am open and questioning

I wonder why I’m so tired

I hear Inshallah and Shukran

I see the turquoise glittering buildings in Manama

I want to know the Truth

I am open and questioning

I pretend to know too much

I feel like screaming into my pillow

I touch my badge and shine it up

I worry that I can’t communicate with my students

I cry at night when I think too much

I am open and questioning

I understand that God is gracious to me anyway

I say God is love

I dream of a world of peace

I try to love

I hope for a bright future

I am open and questioning

I am Denise

 

I’m working on a variety of poetry formats with my class these days, so I’m making sample poems. The one I wrote today, I notice is a bit dark, but ‘I hope for a bright future,’ at least.

The “I Am” poem is an old form I used to use that was published by the ETTC (Educational Technology Training Center) of New Jersey. Does anyone know what happened to these great online poetry forms? Here is the BROKEN link that doesn’t work any longer. (And thanks to the tweeter at @RWTnow, here is a link to the archived list of the poems. They are even better than I remembered! However, beware–if you create a poem on one of the forms, it won’t be able to show it to you. You’ll have to screenshot it. Or just use the ideas for each poem.)

I typed up the “I Am” form for anyone to use. for their class. Click here for my Google Doc–just go to File > Make a Copy.

Found Poetry by Read, Write, Think, using the Word Mover Student Interactive.

You can choose one of the Japanese images that they provide. Or…

You can even add your own image. This is a picture I took from the Bahrain Bay.

Another poetry writing resource–writing a haiku on Read, Write, Think’s interactive Haiku form.

One last poem. Prepositional Phrase Poem

Beside my dying mom

During her last days

In her rock house living room

Next to the rented hospital bed

Because of my great love for her

With sadness in my heart

Without fear, but with God’s peace

Good-bye, Mama

 

Author: Denise Krebs

I'm the chief learner in life's adventure.

6 Comments

  1. So much to love about your slice, Denise. Your poetry, shared resources, all of it! I was just teaching my K students to write haiku today. Can’t wait to try the app. I also think the “I am” format will be very accessible for them. Thank you! Christie @ https://wonderingandwondering.wordpress.com/blog/

  2. Thanks for sharing Denise.
    You make me want to try my own hand at poetry.
    I write here http://joprestia.edublogs.org/2017/05/05/dont-read-anything-into-this-i-just-love-the-song/ about how I don’t do it myself but try and encourage my students to do it.
    Maybe, just maybe I’ll have a go. 🙂

    • Oh, yes, please have a go at it! So many easy poetry forms are available to us. I bet a poem may inspire artwork. Or your artwork may inspire more poetry.

      Enjoy,
      Denise

  3. I wish I had thought to do this when I was teaching. I used to write students a letter but poetry can provide so much more.
    Great poetry and ideas.

  4. Beautiful

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